...left in the accomplishment quiver of his presidency, Barack Obama -- after pledging not to spike the ball -- has marched out Slick Willie and Slow Joe to do it for him.
He got kudos from a lot of conservatives over his decision to give the go ahead for the raid in Islamabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. He also pledged he wouldn't be spiking the football over the issue...
Well, now that he's damn near accomplishment-free, I guess it's yet another pledge he'll just have to cast aside.
The trouble with doing that is, a) people notice you've violated yet another pledge/promise and b) people tend to look closer at the actual deed over which you're crowing -- to see if there is something to criticize.
Well, lo' and behold, there is...
First, he passes the buck and any blame for failure to Admiral McRaven...Received phone call from Tom Donilon who stated that the President made a decision with regard to AC1 [Abbottabad Compound 1]. The decision is to proceed with the assault.
Then, he detaches himself from the mission with an exceptions trap...The timing, operational decision making and control are in Admiral McRaven’s hands.
Does anyone think the "risk profile" didn't change during the mission?The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the President. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the President for his consideration.
A decision a Kindergarte...Hell, Joe Biden...could have made.The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and if he is not there, to get out. Those instructions were conveyed to Admiral McRaven at approximately 10:45 am.
How did Tom Hanks and Slow Joe Biden describe the agonizing decision-making process?
That's bullshit. I'll tell you whose career was over if the mission had failed. Admiral McCraven's, that's whose.HANKS: Intelligence reports locating Osama Bin Laden were promising, but inconclusive, and there was internal debate as to what the President should do.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: We sat down in the Situation Room, the entire national security apparatus was in that room, and the President turns to every principal in the room, every secretary, “What do you recommend I do?” And they say, “Well, forty-nine percent chance he’s there, fifty-one … it’s a close call, Mr. President.” As he walked out the room, it dawned on me, he’s all alone. This is his decision. If he was wrong, his Presidency was done. Over.
War on women. Backfire.
Osama bin Laden. Not quite a backfire but, certainly less courageous than we've been led to believe.